4 Tips to Take Care of your Braces

April 27, 2024 - toothbar - 0 comments

Out of the entire U.S. adult population, one in three require some form of orthodontic intervention. Many children also need orthodontic treatments to correct certain dental problems, and dental braces have long been used to straighten teeth and prevent other issues.

If you decide to get these orthodontic devices, you should take proper care of them so that they don’t become damaged. Fortunately, caring for your braces is quite easy, and following the proper care tips can help them last longer.

1. Brush and Floss Properly

Even though brushing and flossing might be more challenging at first, it’s still important to adhere to a regular oral care routine throughout the duration of your corrective treatment. Any rubber bands or other parts that can be removed should be taken off before brushing. Using a brush with soft bristles, brush each tooth beneath the wires in a circular motion. Special floss that’s made specifically for people who wear these orthodontic devices can also be used to make flossing easier.

2. Avoid Eating Certain Foods

Some foods are more likely to damage wires, brackets and other parts, and you should try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible. Nuts and seeds as well as hard fruit and vegetables are among the top foods to avoid. It’s also best to avoid hard candy and gum to keep any components from being broken or dislodged.

3. Wear a Mouthguard for Certain Activities

If you engage in football, soccer or other activities that may cause you to get hit in the mouth, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your teeth and any orthodontic devices from damage. Many stock and orthodontic mouthguards work well for orthodontic appliances, but you should avoid using boil-and-bite mouthguards that may stick to the brackets.

4. Clean Aligner Trays Regularly

If you choose to get Invisalign instead of traditional metal orthodontic devices, you should remove and clean the aligner trays regularly to remove the food debris and germs that are known to cause cavities and other dental problems. A toothbrush with an antibacterial soap can be used to clean the trays, but using toothpaste or mouthwash to clean may damage the trays. You also shouldn’t rinse your trays in hot water.

If you need any type of orthodontic treatment, you may be asking yourself the question, “Where can I find a specialist near me?”

When you visit Toothbar in downtown Austin, you can receive braces from a cosmetic dentist who’s highly knowledgeable in all of the latest orthodontic treatments. Whether you choose to get the standard metal options or would rather try Invisalign, you can receive the customized care that’s designed to improve your smile. To schedule a consultation, please contact Toothbar online or call 512-949-8202.

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